Top positive review
Both Rabbie and Bernadette tragically loved and lost someone
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017
This is the third book in the Highland Grooms Series. While the story would still be enjoyable as a standalone, I suggest that you read the first two books to fully appreciate the tone and background they bring to the series.
Both Rabbie and Bernadette tragically loved and lost someone, altering the course of their lives forever. Bernadette is forced to become a governess and Rabbie seemingly gives up on life until he steps in to protect the family lands and future by marrying a young Englishwoman. Young Avaline is not happy about marrying the bitter, harsh man who terrifies her, but breaking the engagement would ruin her reputation. While it is obvious Avaline is the not right bride for Rabbie even before sparks fly between him and her governess Bernadette, the dilemma they face is quite complicated. The future of so many is dependent on the outcome of choices, some quite scandalous, made by the three of them.
In the historical romance genre, Julia London has always been a favorite of my mine. The intricately woven stories and characters are always set in such a way that you find yourself immersed in the storyline and the backdrop they are set in. I struggled with the intense suffering of the two main characters and some of the choices they made. There was more darkness than I would prefer. For that reason, I would give this 4.5 stars.
I voluntarily received an advanced copy of this book.